WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE: Foster an Ongoing, Honest, Factual Dialogue

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WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE: Foster an Ongoing, Honest, Factual Dialogue


Douglas, Deb, Parenting for High Potential


Talking with our kids about their giftedness isn't a one-and-done deal. We must consider it an ongoing, honest, factual dialogue about all the possibilities and problems that being a gifted individual entails. From the perspective of a mother, teacher, gifted coordinator, and long-time advocate, I'd like to add my own five items that I believe our children need to know:

1. Being gifted is not what you do, but who you are. It's not how well you do in school, what you become someday, or what you can contribute to society, but rather it's a unique set of characteristics you will have for your entire life.

2. Remember that while you may be better at some things than others your age, that doesn't mean you're better than they are.

3. There are many ways to be gifted, and gifted people are not all alike. Each one has a combination of exceptional abilities-intellectual, academic, creative, artistic, athletic, or leadership-a mixture that is different for every gifted person.

4. Being gifted means you may have different educational needs than some of your classmates. …

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